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Thomas Scandal Deepens: A New Twist in the Chevron Doctrine

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By Michael MH | | May 11, 2023

It's time to cut to the chase. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas finds himself in the eye of a corruption scandal storm, with allegations suggesting that his wife, Ginny, has been receiving covert payments from a couple of conservative benefactors. Add to this mix the luxury vacations and gifts bankrolled by billionaire Harlan Crowe, and you have quite the controversy brewing.[1][2][3]

Now, where does the Chevron Doctrine fit into all this? It's a principle from a 1984 Supreme Court case, "Chevron USA vs the Natural Resources Defense Council," which has been a bone of contention among conservatives. Essentially, it grants the executive branch the power to interpret laws from Congress, a prospect many conservatives argue impedes legal challenges to regulations from federal agencies on everything from climate policy to overtime pay.

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Justice Thomas, initially a supporter of the doctrine, had a change of heart in 2020, casting doubt on its constitutionality. This shift coincides with a push by conservative groups to overturn the Chevron Doctrine, a coincidence that has raised some eyebrows. Adding another layer to the intrigue, conservative power players Leonard Leo and Harlan Crowe have been linked to efforts to overturn the Chevron Doctrine. Crowe, in particular, reportedly funded an organization led by Ginny Thomas, resulting in a $120,000 payout. Meanwhile, Leo's network is alleged to have funneled undisclosed payments to Ginny Thomas.[2]

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Several organizations, including The Federalist Society and The American Enterprise Institute, both with connections to Leo and Crowe, have been campaigning against the Chevron Doctrine. Crowe also co-founded the Club for Growth, and his wife is a trustee at the Manhattan Institute, both of which are pushing for the doctrine's removal.[1][3] Things get even more complicated when you consider that the Crowe family has been financing vacations for Justice Thomas and covering private school tuition for their relatives. These gifts were not disclosed by Justice Thomas, which is a clear violation of required disclosure rules.[2][3]

In response to this unfolding scandal, the Senate Judiciary Committee has initiated an investigation into the ethical integrity of the Supreme Court. This action has faced opposition from several Republicans, a number of whom have been beneficiaries of Crowe's financial contributions. Data from shows that current Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have received a total of $457,000 from Crowe between 2001 and the present.

This saga has brought to light the interconnectedness of political funding, judicial perspectives, and law interpretation, raising serious questions about the ethical boundaries that should exist between these areas. As this narrative progresses, it'll be fascinating to observe its impact on the evolving understanding of the Chevron Doctrine and, possibly, on the broader contours of American judicial policy.

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